A Tale of Two Cities

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Guess which city this is from the clues: •    City name has 5 letters beginning with L ( L----)•    It is in the north of the country and is the 4th largest metropolis by population•    Its wealth in the 19th and early 20th century was based on coal mining and textiles.•    Following the decline of these industries since the 1960’s it has turned to service industries.•    It has what is considered to be the best public transport system in the country : a metro system with driverless trains and a modern tram system. •    It also has a high speed rail link to London ( 1hr 30 min)•    A section of the city around the high speed rail station has been completely re-modernised •    It has a football team in the top division which recently won the league cup double.Is this (a) Leeds in your dreams, (b) Leeds in a parallel universe (c)Leeds in the future (2035) or (d) a real life city? If so which?
It used to be said that the statue of the Black Prince had been placed in City Square , near the station, pointing South to tell all the southerners who've just got off the train to b****r off back down south!

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Lille?

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Lille, in northern France. I believe it was at one time a Twin Town of Leeds.

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Cardiarms wrote: Lille? Well done got it in one !I visited Lille last Year and was struck by the historical parallels between the 2 cities but the recent development, especially in transport, couldn't be more different.
It used to be said that the statue of the Black Prince had been placed in City Square , near the station, pointing South to tell all the southerners who've just got off the train to b****r off back down south!

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It's ironic that the approach road to their modern railway station is the Boulevard de Leeds.

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That really is ironic - I never spotted that. It might be a nice gesture if the road to Leeds HS3 terminal was named "Lille Boulevard".    
It used to be said that the statue of the Black Prince had been placed in City Square , near the station, pointing South to tell all the southerners who've just got off the train to b****r off back down south!

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